Laurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in Tongues by Wendy J. GlennLaurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in Tongues by Wendy J. Glenn

Laurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in Tongues

byWendy J. Glenn

Hardcover | November 25, 2009

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Laurie Halse Anderson's path to writing for young adult readers was indirect, unintentional, and difficult. Although Anderson may never have set out to write for teens, her commitment to creating stories that enrich, disquiet, and guide the teens she admires led to her selection as the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award. The author of several highly acclaimed novels-including Speak, Fever 1793, Prom, Chains and Wintergirls-Anderson channels the lives of real readers through her imagination and onto the page, enrapturing those who ultimately see themselves reflected in her tales. In Laurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in Tongues, Wendy J. Glenn examines the life and works of one of the most popular authors for teens. Drawing from both primary sources (Anderson's writings, published interviews, speeches, the author's blog, and other online sources, as well as a live interview with the author) and secondary sources (reviews of and scholarly articles on her work), Glenn explores the themes and impact of Anderson novels. This richly researched work includes in-depth analyses of each of Anderson's young adult titles, chapters on Anderson's lesser-known writings for children, short stories, and poems, and a synthesis of reviews for each title Anderson has published. Readers of this book will come away with a greater understanding of an author who has demonstrated the marked capacity for writing diverse texts for multiple audiences in varying genres, breaking barriers with each title she creates.
Wendy Glenn is associate professor in English Education at the University of Connecticut. She is the author of Sarah Dessen: From Burritos to Box Office (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and coauthor of Richard Peck: The Past Is Paramount (Scarecrow Press, 2008).
Title:Laurie Halse Anderson: Speaking in TonguesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.96 × 5.83 × 0.71 inPublished:November 25, 2009Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810872811

ISBN - 13:9780810872813


Editorial Reviews

This entry in the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series discusses award-winner Anderson's fiction in depth, with detailed, critical analysis of each of Anderson's books and stories. Glenn draws on reviews and scholarly articles as well as on Anderson's blogs and interviews, which are all meticulously documented in chapter notes and an extensive bibliography. Anderson's many YA readers, as well as adults, will enjoy her comments: casual, clever, self-deprecating, and insightful about her work, YA literature in general, and teen issues....The warm anecdotes will reach teens, as will Anderson's intensely focused purpose.